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Old 12-03-2012, 08:45 AM   #1
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2 falls in 2 hours KLR650 - Video

I only fall twice in this three and a half minute video. :cool:
Of course, that was 2 hours of riding cut down for the actions scenes.

The first fall on the small grass hill was due to me letting off the throttle and therefore loosing what little traction I had. The second fall (the one that hurt) I hit a fence post that was laying in a rut covered in leaves, on the side of a steep down hill.

(I have almost bald gripster tires. I have ordered new MX gear, and will install the other tires before dual sporting again.)

I am okay, and so is the KLR.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W62Yv...ature=youtu.be
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Old 12-06-2012, 10:47 AM   #2
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Hitting a hidden log or rock scares me most on woods roads. Time to put a leg out. Your 2nd crash can cause a bent rim hard to notice at first, if the tire got wedged for a moment.

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Old 12-07-2012, 02:37 AM   #3
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Glad to see the bike is okay
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:48 AM   #4
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Using youtube's shaky video fix? i couldn't make it more than the 1st 30 secs without getting seasick.
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:54 AM   #5
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Thumb Tires make ALL the difference

Its amazing how HUGE the difference is between off-roading on ds tires and true off road tires. When I first got my xr it had IRC GP1100's on it.....worst tire I've ever had the pleasure of taking onto the mellowest of dirt....those things were deadly. After installing some honest to god off road knobbies, I climb stuff that alot of folks couldn't crawl up. When you have a front end that actually bites when you turn, and a rear that actually hooks up, off-roading becomes MUCH MUCH easier.....in fact it actually gets kinda fun.
Street oriented ds tires make real dirt riding a chore, not a joy.....
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:08 PM   #6
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You might want to make sure your suspension clickers and compression is dialed in correctly. Seems your front end compressed too much (on the second crash) causing the front tire to wash out. I'm not isolating it to suspension only because your tires are not the best. Nevertheless, make sure your suspension is set up for your riding ability, type and weight. It makes all the difference in the world, especially off road riding.

Keep practicing and the rubber side down.
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Old 12-10-2012, 02:04 PM   #7
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The first one looked staged.....
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Old 12-16-2012, 05:07 PM   #8
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thanks everyone

To the shaky video comment = I took the Hero 2 back and got the Hero 3 Black Edition so the new videos will be better.
Those videos will come in 2013, and there will be one of the Red River from last month, as soon as I finish cutting it. (for sure the GoPro Hero 2 is shaky!)

To the suspension and tire comments = Working on it now. I got a motorcycle jack this weekend, and I am installing new tubes and tires while I check the suspension and chain.

Thanks for all the comments, and yeah I will try to stay upright.

Happy Holidays!
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Old 12-16-2012, 05:09 PM   #9
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The first one looked staged.....
Nice. It wasn't.
However, I can see where it could look like that. I let up on the throttle at the top of the hill and lost all traction. :(
I am not good enough to stage falls yet. ;)
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Old 12-18-2012, 10:50 AM   #10
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Buy better mx boots, ASAP!


AlpineStar 10, gearne 12, sidi crossfires etc. your novice riding skills plus a fat pig KLR could really mess up walking for a while.
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Old 12-18-2012, 02:32 PM   #11
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Buy better mx boots, ASAP!


AlpineStar 10, gearne 12, sidi crossfires etc. your novice riding skills plus a fat pig KLR could really mess up walking for a while.
I found my old MX boots that I got in the USAF until my Sidi Adventure Rain Boots show up.
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Old 12-23-2012, 09:03 AM   #12
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Im glad to see the bike and you is okay...no problem for the klr
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Old 12-26-2012, 12:04 PM   #13
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Practice makes perfect - but tires really help. Used to ride with a guy who had Shinko 705's on his KLR, while I had Shinko 700's. The 700 has a more agressive knobby pattern than the 705, and it really showed when we went through the woods and singletrack stuff and mud on two otherwise identical bikes. Now that I have swapped the 700's for K270's, it's even better off road.
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Old 01-04-2013, 07:13 PM   #14
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I liked the video,is that in the North Texas area?if so I have almost two days worth of riding trails in a 50 mile radius of Fort Worth, if your looking for more trails.
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:01 PM   #15
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I liked the video,is that in the North Texas area?if so I have almost two days worth of riding trails in a 50 mile radius of Fort Worth, if your looking for more trails.

I am in Fort Worth and would love to learn where your trails are.
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